Have you ever had trouble sitting job interviews? I am certain that job seekers still get nervous no matter how many job interviews they attend, which is all a part of human nature. However, I can tell you that in my years of experience, there are a number of factors that I look for in interviewees. I am always drawn to people who can articulate their message and communicate effectively and honestly. This in turn aids my understanding of you as a person and your experiences in the workplace. I like to think of a job interview as an opportunity to build a business relationship with the interviewer. Remember – you’re being interviewed for a good reason, the interviewer is interested to know more about you, not make you feel uncomfortable or give you the third degree. Lastly, good presentation is essential. As the age old saying goes, first impressions always last.
David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 12 December 2017
I’ve probably read 1000’s of resumes in my time and I’ve come across a range of different operators from a multitude of different industries. However, I am always looking for the same attributes in the resumes of job seekers. Incorporating relevant information and experiences in your resume is always key – think about what the job advertisement asks for and make sure you elaborate on these points in your resume. I am always impressed by the listing of awards and achievements, particularly those that are unique in nature such as community awards or academic achievements. Finally, a brief overview of your hobbies/personal interests can never go astray. This gives me an indication of your character and how you may present yourself not only in the workplace, but also outside of work.
David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 24 October 2017
In recent times South Australian industries such as automotive, manufacturing and retail have been struggling. Consequently, a myriad of employees have faced or will be facing redundancies in the near future.
Whilst this may be a difficult time for all the employees who are affected, we would like to remind current and future job seekers that there are and will be many opportunities available in the job market. This is a great time for employers to start searching for skilled operators who have experience within your given industry, or on the other hand, find alternative skill sets in new employees that can add to their existing work force.
Growing your network
The increasing popularity of social media in the business environment is great for job seekers. Websites such as LinkedIn allow users to market their own personal brand and become identifiable by potential employers in their chosen filed.
Job seekers can capitalize on the job opportunities presented by LinkedIn by connecting with organisations in a unique way (by ‘Following’ the content they follow), searching for jobs via the job postings, joining LinkedIn groups to connect with potential employers and simply growing your network by connecting with people within your chosen field. What a great way to get connected!
Essential recruitment 101 – Part 2
Assessing all candidates applying for the position you have advertised is critical as this may have a huge bearing on your overall appointment of successful staff member. When you leave no stone left unturned, this will help you optimise your recruitment process and result in selecting the best employee for the job. This is your opportunity to ensure you hire the best possible employee and over a period of time this can help build your business growth and productivity.
David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 27 August 2014
I am coming across an increased number of frustrated job seekers that are not getting any interviews either directly with an organisation or through a recruiter some of the things you may want to consider are becoming members of associations for example if you are an Engineer perhaps Engineers Australia in most states there are different associations that may assist in increasing your network of contacts and open the door to new job opportunities.
Remember these business relationships are built over time but it may just be the one thing that get you that opportunity to progress in your chosen career.
David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 1 May 2014
The job market is tough out there currently, the amount of jobs on offer appear to be slowing down so the competition for even one position is fierce. Find out who the decision maker is relating to the recruitment / hiring process and organise something different than just an email application. Organise a coffee meeting to introduce yourself to the employer in order to plant the seed that you are the best person for the job.
With modern technology you could create an application video and submit that to a future employer it creates more of a personalised impression and is a different approach to an application to help make your application stand out to help you clinch that key interview.
David Arcangeli, Qest Human Resources 1 April 2014
The need for up to date detail on applications for example resumes and cover letters is important . In the current job market the need for attention to detail is imperative as the number of quality people looking for work currently is very high so if you are looking for work you need to make every post a winner in your quest to gain your dream job.
Things to look out for are as follows use correct grammar , list your achievements sometimes things you may not think are not too important regarding your work history may be extremely important to a future employer.
Making sure your education history is on your resume and having access to proof of your qualifications can increase your chances of being successful because employers want to make sure you have actually studied in the area of expertise.
List your referees and ensure that they are relevant to your past employment and positive advocates for your work background.